Jimmy May / Bloomsburg Press Enterprise (via AP)
Danville, PA — The last monkey to escape from a truck towing 100 animal trailers was described by late Saturday, the day after a pickup truck collided with a dump truck on a Pennsylvania highway. ..
Several monkeys fled after the crash on Friday, according to Pennsylvania police. However, as of Saturday morning, only one remained unexplained, urging the Pennsylvania Games Commission and other agencies to look for it in the cold.
Kristen Nordland, a spokesman for the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an email Saturday evening that all 100 cynomolgus monkeys were subsequently described. After being euthanized, three people died.
The email did not elaborate on why the three were euthanized and how they all came to be explained. However, Mr. Nordland said that the euthanized ones were very humane according to the guidelines of the American Veterinary Association.
Police said the monkeys were shipped from Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, to Kennedy Airport in New York on Friday morning before heading to a CDC-approved quarantine facility. The Atlanta-based CDC said the agency is providing “technical assistance” to police in Pennsylvania.
The clash occurred on Friday on a state road near Interstate 80 in Montour County, Pennsylvania, Trooper Andrea Peratic told Sunbury’s Daily Items newspaper.
The location of the quarantine facility and the type of study in which the monkeys are likely destined were not clear, but cynomolgus monkeys are often used in medical research. A 2015 paper posted on the National Biotechnology Information Center website mentions it as the most widely used primate in preclinical toxicology research.
Earlier, police urged people not to look for or catch monkeys, and soldiers tweeted. “People who see or find monkeys are asked to stay away from, catch, or touch them. Call 911 immediately.”
Trooper Lauren Lesser said the concern was “not because they are domesticated animals, but because they are in an unknown territory. It is difficult to say how they react to humans approaching them.” ..
According to Lesser, state police have secured a site for the Pennsylvania Health Department and the CDC.
According to state police crash reports, truck drivers were not harmed and passengers were transferred to medical centers for treatment of suspected minor injuries.
Michelle Fallon, a witness to the crash, told The Press-Enterprise in Bloomsburg that he had spoken to pickup drivers and passengers after the crash. The driver seemed confused and the passengers suspected he had a leg injury, she said.
On Friday, crates were scattered on the road while soldiers were searching with monkeys and rifles in their hands. The Press-Enterprise newspaper in Bloomsburg reported that firefighters in Valley Township tried to locate animals using thermal images and also assisted helicopters.
According to the newspaper, when the pickup got off at the exit of Danville, it was heading west on the I-80 and immediately tried to drive across another lane.
Fallon told The Press-Enterprise that the pickup truck was behind the pickup when it hit the dump truck on the passenger side, tore the front panel of the trailer, and rolled and sent more than 12 boxes.
According to Fallon, another driver who stopped for help with her stood near the scene when he said he thought the other driver had seen a cat running across the road. ..
Fallon looked into the crate and saw a little monkey looking back at her, she told the newspaper.
“They are monkeys,” she told the other drivers.
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